Junior Christiane Cordero
Oct. 7, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - East Carolina junior keeper Christiane Cordero recorded a career-best 12 saves and posted her league-leading seventh shutout of the season Sunday afternoon helping the Pirates (8-5-1, 4-1-1) to a double-overtime scoreless tie against Rice (7-4-3, 4-1-1) in Conference USA action.
Rice put on an offensive clinic recording a school-record 40 shots in 110 minutes, compared to ECU's 10 shots. But the Pirates' defense didn't break limiting the Owls to just 13 shots on goal, while the Pirates had six.
"Rice really took it to us today," said ECU Head Coach Rob Donnenwirth. "They were very impressive and it took some gritty defending and an All-American type performance by Christiane [Cordero] to get us the point".
ECU's defense came up big at the 68:03 and 68:10 marks when Rice had two consecutive shots where Cordero had a nice save via a deflection, which Rice corralled and attempted another shot. This time an ECU player swooped in behind the keeper and stabbed at the shot with her leg to punch it away for the team save close to the goal line.
Julia Barrow led all players with eight shots, two on goal, while teammates Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes each added seven for the Owls. Senior Caty Butler led the Pirates with three total strikes, including a header on goal in the second period. Classmate Chrissy Gratz and redshirt sophomore Danielle Romano each posted a pair of shots on goal.
Rice keeper Amy Czyz collected six saves in the match logging 110 minutes in goal.
ECU will return home next weekend for a pair of league games against SMU (Oct. 12/ 7 p.m. ET) and Tulsa (Oct. 14/ 1 p.m. ET).